Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher/Year: Feiwel & Friends 1/27/15
Length: 142 pages
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?
Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story–a story that has never been told . . . until now.
I think that given what we’ve read throughout the series so far, it’s about time that we got to know a bit more about Levana and about what brought her to Earth and that’s what we get here. It’s every bit devious and evil as we thought, and while i wanted to feel bad for her since her story is a tough one, as she’s aged, she’s brought it on herself.
We meet Levana on the night of the funeral of her parents when we see that she’s living in the shadow of her older sister Channary who’s becoming Queen, and who has the life that she wants. Her sister is beautiful, has the attention of just about everyone and she knows it. It’s also though the fault of her sister that Levana is disfigured and requires the use of a glamour all the time. We learn over the course of the story that it’s Channary’s fault – that she used her powers to pull Levana into a fire and that’s what has left her scarred and damaged.
If that weren’t enough, it’s not just the physical pain that Levana has but it’s the fact that it’s manifested itself into evil in her personality. She doesn’t realize it off the bat though and that’s what makes her story so sad. She thinks that she’s being honest and getting honest reactions from people, Evert being the most affected. She loves him or thinks that she does and convinces herself that upon the death of his wife that he returns the feelings. For years they are married and she’s glamoured herself to even look like his wife in the hopes that it’ll make things work out and it’s a constant struggle. Pair that with the fact that she’ll never be enough for Winter – his daughter and well….that brings us to better understand where the installments of the main series have gone.
You can’t help but wish that her life had turned out differently, that she could have been a good ruler without all the malice, but i think that it means that when we get Winter’s final installment, we’ll see that something has to come out of it, that will maybe make her grow and realize that as Queen she should be more even tempered and less selfish. but….who knows.
In any event, i think that you will all enjoy the timeline that Levana’s story takes us on, and i hope that it leads into a great finale of the series.